Community Grants Information

Groups can be awarded up to £5000 from the Community Grants Fund, which can be used for local community activity that supports the work of the SouthEast Locality Improvement Plan.

A copy of the Council's standard conditions of grant funding can be downloaded here
Who can apply?
Any community or voluntary sector organisation which has a constitution or Articles of Assocation and its own bank account. Please see the guidance notes for more information. Unfortunately schools cannot apply but their Parent Council can.   Click here for an application form (Word) and the Guidance Notes on eligibility and how to apply.   

Please note, a decision was made at the new South East Locality Committee to establish ward level working groups to make decisions regarding community grants going forward. We are currently in the process of setting up these working groups, and so there will be no decisions made regarding Community Grants until these have been established. The intention is that each group will meet by the middle of August, and so we will then be able to inform applicants of decisions following each meeting.

South East Locality Community Grants Funds 2018/ 19

City Centre - £25,030

Morningside - £27,338 

Southside/ newington - £29,416

Liberton/ Gilmerton - £26,451

Applications should be submitted to Hana Mackechnie one month in advance of the meeting date.

At the end of the project you will be required to submit a short Evaluation Report along with documentary evidence of spend (copy invoices).  You can submit the report in your own format or use ours which you can download from this page.

For more information on Community Grants Fund contact Hana MacKechnie (

Alternative Sources of Funding
The City of Edinburgh Council Library Service runs a national database of potential funding sources - Edinburgh 4 Community. If your group is looking for funding then we recommend you visit this site.

Each month colleagues in the Community Planning Team produce and circulate a list which provides information on sources of external funding and local activities as and when we become aware of it. Each month tends to look at a specific theme eg young people, education or sport etc. Please note this list is by no means exhaustive and the information contained therein is believed to be correct at the time of circulation. Click here to access back copies of the lists.